1. (00:04:05) Andersen/Laine/Readman - Rise
2. (00:03:47) Andersen/Laine/Readman - Dust to dust
3. (00:03:39) Andersen/Laine/Readman - The way it goes
4. (00:03:25) Andersen/Laine/Readman - Straight to the heart
5. (00:04:09) Andersen/Laine/Readman - Tell me your lies
6. (00:03:56) Andersen/Laine/Readman - Don't need a thing
7. (00:03:20) Andersen/Laine/Readman - End of my rope
8. (00:03:17) Andersen/Laine/Readman - Scared to live
9. (00:03:26) Andersen/Laine/Readman - Bulletproof
10. (00:03:35) Andersen/Laine/Readman - Learning to fly
Playing Time.........: 00:36:38
Total Size...........: 83.94 MB
NFO generated on.....: 4/4/2009 7:50:12 PM
The inception of this fascinating musical project came from the great esteem
that both Andre Andersen – keyboard maestro and mainman of ROYAL HUNT
– and Paul Laine – formerly singer of DANGER DANGER – had one for each
Andre therefore started to write “straight rock tunes”. In a way, according to
the ivory-tinkler “it was a challenge to push these songs in a 3,5 - 4 minutes
frames, ditching those longer instrumental passages, elaborate intros and
such. But it was fun nevertheless” adding then, “The whole sound landscape
is pretty much "in your face", every player did a great job so the main point
of this album - no thrills, pure rock - came across as planned”.
After the first recording sessions Andre felt the desire to expand the project
to another powerful and strong vocalist he had the chance to admire for
some time, that is to say PINK CREAM 69 shouter David Readman. He liked a
lot the demos that Andre prepared for the project and in a few weeks the
record was completed.
“Both singers are great” says Andre, “and even if I crafted the songs
particularly for their vocal styles, they made my job a lot easier”.
The lineup on the record is completed by Kenny Lubcke on background
vocals, Bjarke Hopen on lead guitar and Kaj Laege on drums.
Ten brilliant tracks of straight ahead Hard Rock that will encompass a large
number of fans – from the ROYAL HUNT and PINK CREAM 69 to the DANGER
DANGER harder-edged fanbase.
Review by Alanna (http://www.revelationz.net):
This album gallops by like a racehorse, never looking back. But wow, is it ever
one hell of a ride. Royal Hunt's leader, keyboardist Andre Anderson flexes his
writing skills by penning ten tracks - about forty minutes worth of music - that
is straightforward, no frills, hard rock. He stripped out all the over-indulgent
instrumental frilly stuff and stuck to his guns. Pure, uninhibited rock that is
bent toward the metal side. Andre's recognizable stamp is prevalent in each
song, in fact, the whole project is pretty much like the Royal Hunt
progressive formula with all the bloated fat cut away. The juicy meat of the
album is injected with a spicy Pink Cream 69 flavor that keeps it lean and on
It is hard not to appreciate "Three", even with its dodgy monicker and title.
This is well sharpened Euro metal with a hard rock heart, rich harmonies and
blazing good choruses. The vocals are also sublime. You get not just one, but
two singers for your money and both are fantastic. It is a wonderful thing to
hear them utilized to the best of their abilities and given some material to belt
with all their metal might. First up you hear Paul Laine, who was dismissed
from Danger Danger when Ted Poley returned to the fold and then it is Pink
Cream 69's David Readman, who pulls off a fabulous performance that equals
that of Laine. Both are at the top of the game and put forth the best effort
possible. They switch back and forth, one doing a track then the other, so
once you get the disc kicked off with Laine, it is easy to keep track of who's
who til Readman brings the curtain down.
A fast, thrilling, rock'n'roll ride with a Euro bent vibe that is sure to bring a
giddy smile to the face of anyone that likes their music on the heavier side.
Some of these melodies are down right brilliant and it is a treat to hear them
up front on display instead of hidden behind a plethora of instrumental
noodling. They would have been lost in the Royal Hunt setting, but here are
given freedom to shine.
While a task to pick out just a couple of highlights, since the album is one rip
roaring great rock song after another, there are one or two that shine a little
brighter than the rest. Straight to the Heart is a ripping piece with dramatic
vocals, a lightning struck chorus and blues kissed guitar. This could easily
have been a RH piece, it has the marks of the band all over it. End of My
Rope has a building, powerful feel, like something harsh and brittle is flexing
just below the surface. The song breaks out into melodic metal goodness
before you know it.
Rise just kicks ass and serves as a brilliant flashback to Anderson's work on
"Moving Target" about ten years ago. Dust to Dust is slower and more
profound, taking in account a heavier use of flashy keys and a more overall
bombastic, epic feel. Biding its time and rumbling like thunder, David Readman
sounds like a vocal god here, turning in quite an impressive performance that
fits the mood and atmosphere of the track like a skin tight glove. Bulletproof
takes a twist and fits well with Laine's vocals. Maybe the cheesiest and most
lackluster song of the album, but even it offers plenty to enjoy aurally. The
bent is more of swaggering rock with the big huge RH style backing vocals to
pump it up.
Like a ten shot salute to the glory of hard rock you get one explosive track
after another. The keys are furious but there's just enough unique touches
and spark filled choruses to make each four minute whirlwind worthwhile.
Andre Anderson may have slacked off with his main band, Royal Hunt, but on
this "Three" project he has managed to redeem himself and produce a
product that rivals his first solo album. Not to mention stacking up or even
surpassing the beginning days of RH, before the band became a victim of
showing off versus substance. Having to work in the confines of the four
minute time limit has invigorated his writing and the shockwave effect is a
rejuvenation in his playing. Not only on keys but guitar as well. Throw in two
great vocalists and "Three" is a number - and an album - worth remembering.